Nick Mountford

Areas of Expertise

Patents, Design Registration, Trade Secrets & Non-Disclosure, International Filings
Qualifications & Memberships
  • Bachelor of Engineering - University of Melbourne
  • Bachelor of Arts - University of Melbourne
  • Registered Patent Attorney - Australia and New Zealand
  • Fellow of the Institute of Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys of Australia

About Nick

With over 25-years’ experience as a patent attorney in the engineering/ICT sector, Nick has helped numerous clients achieve commercially beneficial ownership and control of their IP, while mitigating against risks posed by competitors.

His work centres on protecting clients’ innovations in order to create valuable IP rights that are difficult for their competitors to copy. This includes working with clients to develop intellectual property strategies aligned with their commercial goals and taking steps to implement those strategies such as drafting patent specifications, prosecuting patent applications, handling patent oppositions, and reviewing competitor positions.

Outside work, Nick enjoys spending time with his family, running (slowly), playing golf, watching movies and listening to music.


Nick has represented Australia’s largest filer of patent application for 15 years. He also has considerable IP litigation experience and has worked on one of Australia’s largest pieces of IP litigation for which involved over 20 patents. He helps clients to improve their position in advance of enforcement proceedings or, when defending clients, he identifies weaknesses in competitors’ IP positions with a view to finding a safe space to operate in.

Nick has an academic background in engineering and has worked with clients across diverse technology areas including: telecommunications, medical devices, computer-implemented inventions, electronic gaming, data and signal processing, electronic instrumentation, control systems, solar technology, mechanical devices, sporting equipment, computer hardware and user interfaces.

For several years running Nick has been recognised as a leading patents practitioner by industry publications including Managing Intellectual Property and IAM Patent 1000.

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